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Los Alamos Public Schools Chief Financial Officer speaks to the school board Feb. 14 about the decision to leave the federal lunch program.
LAPS to cut ties with federal school lunch program

Los Alamos Public Schools will cut ties with the National School Lunch Program by next school year.
The program serves the district’s five elementary schools. The middle school and the high school do not participate in the program because they do not qualify.
The district has decided to leave the program because the portions are too small and the selection of choices slows the service.
Once the new school year begins, students will have bigger portions of food, more variety and faster service, school officials said.  
The federally funded program offers free and reduced lunch to students who qualify. By next school year, there will be funding in place to cover those students currently in the federal program.
“The community will not see a difference in the food service structure and we will still be taking care of the children that require assistance. It’s imperative to the district and the board that we take care of all kids,” LAPS Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya told the Los Alamos Public Schools School Board Feb. 14.
“We have listened to community and listened to what they’ve said they’ve wanted,” Montoya said.
The federally funded program subsidizes the cost of lunch to students who qualify.